Race for the White House Hits the Big Screen

Other films, like "American Carol" and "Swing Vote" in which Kevin Costner plays the one man whose vote will determine an election's outcome, are satirical sendups.

Comedy is not his hallmark, but Oliver Stone's "W," with the current president being played by Josh Brolin ("No Country for Old Men"), promises not to be as "psychologically heavy" as "Nixon," from 1995, Stone has said. That tone wouldn't fit his main character. Bush is "awkward and goofy and makes faces all the time," Stone said.

The film, whose producers would like to see released before the election, has reportedly been financed by Chinese, German and Australian money. In Hollywood, "they hate Bush so much, they can't understand why I'd want to make a movie about him," Stone said.

"American Carol" is being produced in Hollywood by Stephen McEveety, who produced Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." He and Zucker met at the Wednesday Morning Club, lunches sponsored by the controversial conservative David Horowitz.

Zucker told ABC News that he's tired of movies out of the left that take "a proctologist view of America. I'm supporting [the military] as opposed to the movies that focus on a soldier who rapes a girl in Iraq, and that's the whole movie." (That summary roughly follows the story of Brian DePalma's "Redacted.")

Not all movies will be shown in theaters.

"Senator Obama Goes to Africa," a one-hour documentary shot in 2006 by Bob Hercules, at the suggestion of David Axelrod, is currently being sold in stores. Sales have increased since Obama became the candidate. Churches, law firms, universities and local Democratic clubs have been buying copies for informal screenings, and the film's distributor hopes for wider sales to Move On or the Democratic National Committee.

Four years ago, Robert Greenwald used a nifty strategy for getting audiences to see his films by linking up with Move On for house parties. Get the film, invite your friends over and watch "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" or "Uncovered: The War in Iraq."

This election year, "the house party doesn't figure into our election strategy," Greenwald told ABC News. It's the Internet, "focusing on shorter, specific pieces." Popular shorts include "McCain Has a You Tube Problem" and "McCain versus McCain."

"We see patterns of his saying one thing that contradicts something else," Greenwald said. "[Last Monday] we put one up about the price of gas and how many members of his staff are lobbyists."

Lobbyists will be playing a prominent role in Alex Gibney's new documentary, "Casino Jack and the United States of Money." "Jack" is Jack Abramoff, the Republican lobbyist who in 2006 pleaded guilty to tax evasion, fraud and conspiracy. "It doesn't portray Abramoff as a bad apple," Gibney told ABC News. "It looks at the way the whole barrel is rotten."

The film will probably not be finished before the election. "I tried to push 'Taxi to the Dark Side' sooner than it was ready, and it was rejected by two major festivals, Sundance and Berlin," said Gibney. "I went back into the edit room."

"Taxi," about Afghanistan, won the Oscar this past year, beating out Ferguson's "No End in Sight."

What will be available from "Casino Jack" before the election will be "clips from the film on YouTube, particularly if they have special relevance to the election."

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